California Photography Schools and Careers

Career Information for Photographers in California

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Fast Facts for Photographers in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Chico, Modesto and San Francisco
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Oakland, Riverside and San Diego
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Santa Ana, San Francisco and San Diego

Salaries for Photographers in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Ana

Schools for Photographers in California are listed below.

Selected Photography Schools in California

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More California Photography Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Academy of Art University San Francisco Masters 11,334
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria Associate 13,176
American River College Sacramento Associate 33,821
Antelope Valley College Lancaster Associate 13,312
Art Center College of Design Pasadena Masters 1,832
Bakersfield College Bakersfield Associate 17,405
Barstow Community College Barstow Associate 2,906
Butte College Oroville Associate 12,228
Cabrillo College Aptos Associate 15,114
California College of the Arts Oakland Masters 1,613
California Institute of the Arts Valencia Masters 1,324
California State University-Sacramento Sacramento Doctorate 28,829
Cerritos College Norwalk Associate 22,273
Chabot College Hayward Associate 13,229
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga Associate 18,736
Citrus College Glendora Associate 11,467
City College of San Francisco San Francisco Associate 46,411
College of San Mateo San Mateo Associate 10,516
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita Associate 17,499
Columbia College Hollywood Tarzana Bachelor 312
Columbia College Sonora Sonora Associate 2,734
Cosumnes River College Sacramento Associate 12,967
Cuyamaca College El Cajon Associate 9,358
Cypress College Cypress Associate 13,592
De Anza College Cupertino Associate 24,115
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park Associate 28,889
El Camino College Torrance Associate 24,895
Foothill College Los Altos Hills Associate 18,132
Fresno City College Fresno Associate 21,624
Glendale Community College Glendale Glendale Associate 16,827
Grossmont College El Cajon Associate 17,359
Hartnell College Salinas Associate 9,890
Irvine Valley College Irvine Associate 9,805
Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe Associate 2,576
Laney College Oakland Associate 11,745
Las Positas College Livermore Associate 8,024
Long Beach City College Long Beach Associate 25,536
Los Angeles City College Los Angeles Associate 17,204
Merced College Merced Associate 10,890
Modesto Junior College Modesto Associate 18,546
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey Associate 9,238
Moorpark College Moorpark Associate 14,495
Mount Jacinto College San Jacinto Associate 14,197
Mt San Antonio College Walnut Associate 29,842
Napa Valley College Napa Associate 7,169
Ohlone College Fremont Associate 11,083
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa Associate 24,424
Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles Masters 1,177
Pacific Union College Angwin Masters 1,363
Palomar College San Marcos Associate 27,222
Pasadena City College Pasadena Associate 26,672
Porterville College Porterville Associate 3,773
Rio Hondo College Whittier Associate 21,041
Riverside Community College Riverside Associate 30,961
Sacramento City College Sacramento Associate 24,596
Saddleback College Mission Viejo Associate 18,371
San Diego City College San Diego Associate 17,013
San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco Masters 655
San Jose City College San Jose Associate 9,805
Santa Ana College Santa Ana Associate 33,514
Santa Monica College Santa Monica Associate 28,958
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa Associate 25,626
Scripps College Claremont Bachelor 920
Sierra College Rocklin Associate 18,859
Solano Community College Fairfield Associate 11,163
University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Doctorate 15,825
University of Southern California Los Angeles Doctorate & First Professional 33,408
Ventura College Ventura Associate 12,603
West Valley College Saratoga Associate 11,210
Yuba College Marysville Associate 9,904

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Photographers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Photographers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Bakersfield 80 $27270 0.76
Fresno 70 $24110 0.58
Oxnard 0 $20080 0
Thousand Oaks 0 $20080 0
Ventura 0 $20080 0
Riverside 450 $25350 0.94
San Bernardino 450 $25350 0.94
Ontario 450 $25350 0.94
Sacramento 400 $34380 1.25
Roseville 400 $34380 1.25
Arden 400 $34380 1.25
Arcade 400 $34380 1.25
Salinas 30 $19810 0.56
San Diego 590 $24310 1.2
Carlsbad 590 $24310 1.2
Los Angeles 3330 $55980 1.63
Long Beach 3330 $55980 1.63
Anaheim 3330 $55980 1.63
Modesto 50 $32630 0.76
Santa Cruz 40 $19940 1.11
Watsonville 40 $19940 1.11
Santa Maria 40 $20720 0.59
Santa Barbara 40 $20720 0.59
San Francisco 580 $41870 0.73
Oakland 580 $41870 0.73
Hayward 580 $41870 0.73
San Jose 120 $43560 0.32
Sunnyvale 120 $43560 0.32
Santa Clara 120 $43560 0.32
Visalia 0 $21320 0
Porterville 0 $21320 0
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